Are realtor is using drones to sell homes, not if the FAA has anything to say about it. Realtors are licensed professionals with complete background checks to handle some of the largest financial transactions a person will make in their lifetime.
In my opinion all real estate agents should be able to get a simple add on license, with another one of our continuing education programs with the basic three hour class. The thing that bothers me is that anybody can just go in by one of these aerial photography drones, and start taking videos and still photos for personal use with no training.
We Are Licensed Professionals
Holding back the opportunity for realtors to sell homes is in my opinion a complete failure in the eyes of the regulatory committee or the FAA. Real estate agents and Realtors all over the country need to have whatever tools available so they can sell homes, let's face it our housing market is the engine in our economy and it creates more jobs for eveyone.
The reality is when people buy homes, people buy furniture, people buy appliances, people do home improvements and everything else because home sales touches every fabric of our economy. A flying video camera that takes Ariel Videos should not be considered a violation from a licensed real estate professional, in my opinion (We are selling homes and simulating the economy).
Housing Is The American Economic Engine
I totally understand about national security and protecting our airspace for all of our aircraft, but we're talking about possibly 75' or 100' feet above the home to get aerial footage.
Real estate agents go through a very rigorous training program, they are monitored by DB's or designated broker's. So we are being monitored with our transactions for the first 90 days, and then we still have to have continuing education to keep our licenses. They have required us to buy our own errors and omissions insurance, and we may need to pick up a small liability policy that will cover using a flying camera or drone.
Using Aerial Videos For Your Listings
Most of these flying cameras only weigh between 2 and 4 pounds, and have built-in GPS so when you let go of the controls it stays in one place. Plus they have built-in auto home feature which auto lands the drone beside youif you lose radio contact for any reason.
Real estate agents take an aerial photos of property to use in the listings, and taken beautiful video from above the home on lakefront or oceanfront property is a fantastic way of showing somebody a brand-new way of shopping for a home.
FAA Has A Ban For Commercial Use?
I also have included a link where I bought my real estate drone, I'm not using it until I find out from the FAA that I can take aerial footage or photos.
However, I am practicing on how to use the drone to go around my own personal residence, and get familiar with controlling this fantastic new tool, and Yes, in a few hours you can easily take your own aerial footage for your listings...BUT, Wait for the FAA Approval First - I did read that the "Federal Aviation Administration has invited the National Association of Realtors to participate adding information for the new law development".